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Donna M. Denno
HSERV 544
Seattle Campus

Maternal and Child Health in Developing Countries

Emphasizes critical health problems of women and children in developing countries in social, economic, and cultural contexts. Practical approaches to developing MCH programs shared via lecture/discussions, exercises, and small group work. Students acquire skills in baseline assessment, setting objectives, planning and evaluating interventions, and involving communities. Offered: jointly with G H 544.

Class description

This course provides an overview of the critical health problems of women and children in resource limited settings and examines programmatic interventions and practical strategies that respond to those problems. The course covers MCH proposal development, community involvement and program implementation and management.

Student learning goals

List the major socioeconomic and biomedical causes of illness, disability and mortality among women, mothers, adolescents and children globally.

List and describe the key prevention and treatment interventions recommended for wide scale implementation to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality globally.

List different strategies that can be used to implement interventions and describe their pros and cons.

Develop a plan for assessing community needs and involving the community in the design, implementation and evaluation of MCH programs.

Design one component of an MCH program for a specific setting, including the following elements: assessment of needs, involvement of the community, SMART objectives, staffing/training plan, technically correct and culturally-responsive interventions, a budget, and a monitoring/evaluation plan.

Provide a critique of a proposal for an MCH program, based on its content, approach and presentation.

General method of instruction

Utilize lecture/discussions, exercises, case studies and small group work on approaches to developing MCH programs.

Recommended preparation

This course is designed for graduate students who have some exposure to living and working conditions in resource limited settings and who are interested in practical aspects of maternal and child health programs in resource limited settings.

Class assignments and grading

The requirements of the course, on which evaluation of the student is based, are as follows: Class and work group participation: 20%, Midterm paper: 20%, Small group project (group grading): 40%, Final proposal review: 20%

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Last Update by Donna M. Denno
Date: 01/11/2013